The Art Of Whistleblowing
February 21st, 2015

From Football Is Fixed

Slavoj Žižek: “A market economy thrives on inequality so self-interest will always triumph over the public good.”
Hence, for the integrity of the system, whistleblowers are essential.
This is the first of three posts addressing whistleblowing both in football and across a broader systemic base.
In football, matchfixing is rife – in Europe, 60% of associations have experienced scandals in the last two years and yet there is effectively no sports governance and there are no reliable bodies analysing such corruptions as all have inappropriate relationships to the various loci of criminalities.
Moreover, there is a culture of omertà within the loop where matchfixing is accepted and serves as an illicit currency within the game.
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Categories: bribery, Corruption,
Anti-graft move ‘helped’ improve China’s football team
February 19th, 2015

From China Daily


China’s top anti-graft watchdog on Saturday said the anti-corruption campaign targeting the country’s top sports body has become one of the factors in China’s improved performance at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China published a commentary on its website, linking China’s ongoing campaign against corruption with its best national football team in 11 years. The team made it all the way to the quarterfinals where it lost to host country Australia.

“Chinese authorities’ campaign to crack down on match-fixing and gambling scandals that involved top sports officials played an important role in helping regenerate the Chinese football team, although a number of other factors also accounted for the three consecutive wins at the Asian Cup – including coach Alain Perrin’s efforts to reform the team and the young footballers’ morale and fighting spirit,” said the article.

It is not the first time for the top anti-graft watchdog penned opinion pieces denouncing corruption on the football pitch.
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Categories: Asia, bribery, Corruption,
The war on FIFA and the plan to liberate the football world by Isaac Nowroozi @isaacnowroozi
February 17th, 2015

From here


For years now, football’s governing body, FIFA, has faced extreme scrutiny. Accusations of immoral, unethical, clueless and corrupt behaviour have haunted the organisation through different mediums, including books and film as well as news headlines.
FIFA was formed in 1904, and has withstood every bit of firepower that has been thrown at it thus far. However, many question whether FIFA has withstood attack, or managed to cover it up.
FIFA president Joseph Blatter, commonly known as ‘Sepp’, has been under fire for controversial statements and been accused many times for corruption.
In 2004, Blatter stated that female footballers, in a bid to attract more fans, should wear tighter shorts and lower cut jerseys. It wasn’t the first time his mouth had gotten him into trouble, with jokes made after Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid was successful about homosexuals refraining from sexual activity during that time, as in Qatar engaging in homosexual acts is illegal.
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Categories: Uncategorized,
China’s ex-football chief reinvents himself in prison. From @sphasiaone
February 15th, 2015

From here

Rather than living a miserable life behind bars like some fellow inmates have done, China’s former football chief, Nan Yong, has rejuvenated himself as an inventor and writer during his prison term, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.
Nan, who was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison in June 2012 after a nationwide crackdown on match-fixing and corruption in football, has invented four devices with patents granted by the State Intellectual Property Office, according to Web portal He has also published a novel while serving his sentence, it said.
SIPO’s online database shows four patents approved under Nan’s name by Tuesday, including two devices related to football training-a device for shooting training and a portable goal gate.
“To improve the shooting power and accuracy of football players, this device, which features pressure-sensing pads installed on the gate, could mark the goal placement on the gate area while rating the shot’s power, to guide players to improve their skills,” Nan noted on the patent specification for the shooting equipment.
The portable goal gate is made of lightweight, detachable parts and could be transported anywhere to be reassembled for football games and training at low cost, according to the patent specification.
Nan’s four patent applications-the other two are a mobile phone kickstand and a device to control multiple desktop computer monitors-were submitted last December and granted this year, according to SIPO.
He has also been concentrating on writing in prison and published a science-fiction story last year about a lonely priest under his pseudonym, Wen Yan, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Citing Nan’s good behaviour, including inventing and writing, Yancheng Prison recommended to Beijing No 2 Intermediate People’s Court on Nov 13 that his sentence be reduced.
The court approved the request this month, after receiving no complaints during a public review in November, and announced his sentence will be reduced by one year. Nan will be released in July 2019.
The former vice-chairman of the Chinese Football Association was imprisoned in 2012 for accepting bribes worth more than 1.19 million yuan (S$254,000) for fixing matches and illegally using his power in exchange for economic benefits. He was also fined 200,000 yuan.
Nan’s turnaround from a corrupt official to a reborn inventor sparked heated debate on Chinese social media on Tuesday.
“After all, he’s shown that he loves football anyway. He was just blinded by the desire for money,” a netizen going by the name Robinlovesellen wrote on Tuesday.
Another netizen, Shixiaofeng, wrote: “I strongly recommend that all the football governing body officials in China should work in jail so that they will be forced to make a real contribution to the game.”
During the Ministry of Public Security’s 2010-2012 campaign against football corruption and match-fixing, 59 officials, players, referees and club owners, including Nan and his predecessor, Xie Yalong, were put behind bars.

Categories: Asia, bribery, Corruption,
Football – Is expansion good or bad for Asian Cup?
February 13th, 2015

From here

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has lauded the record lack of draws at the ongoing Asian Cup in Australia, but the absence of tied matches raises questions about the competitiveness of future 24-team expanded editions.
Five of the quarter-finalists at the 16-team tournament in Australia qualified with a group game to spare, with six of the first 20 matches being won by at least a three-goal margin.
There were no draws in any of the 24 group stage games, surpassing the previous mark at a major soccer event of 18 set at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the AFC said.
Remarkable, as the regional body described it?

Or simply predictable, such is the gulf in class between the continent’s haves and have nots?
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Categories: Asia,

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